Newly released, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Dehydrating Foods , is an interesting mix.
It isn’t aimed at backpackers, or preppers, nor at raw food fans, but rather something for everyone. But something clicked in me, as I read her intro. She mentioned that what won her over to dehydrating was pineapple. All I could think of suddenly was my ultra-sweet pineapple I had dried earlier this year:
I went to the kitchen and had a few slices and smiled. She is totally right about that! There is nothing to compare home dried fruit to. It is so fresh tasting, vibrant and packed with flavor.
Breaking it down, the book covers its subject in three sections: The Basics of Dehydrating, Dehydrated Foods and Recipes (using dried items). The section on making powders is a great one – I love when I read a comment on forums or on Facebook about what to do with crumbled dried ingredients. Use them! It is mind-boggling when a readers says they throw them out! And besides that…the powders of vegetables and fruits make great baby food (see page 170). No reason to pay exorbitant prices for it commercially (yes, it exists and is very expensive!). She covers the basics of instant pasta, DIY instant soups, and even poochie treats. It is a plain book (no photos) but it shines on the information inside. Thinking of a Christmas gift for someone wondering about dehydrating? Perfect. Wanting to get started on your own drying? Take a look over it. You won’t feel intimidated by the style of the book.
FTC Disclaimer: We received a review copy.